Key stage 3
Students in year 7 and 8 follow a varied curriculum. The topics will introduce students to a wide range of geographical issues to broaden their understanding of the world in which they live. This will allow them to develop skills that will be required at GCSE and A level. Classes will be taught using a variety of different approaches including group work, debates, role play and individual projects.
In year 7 the curriculum includes the following topics:
- Introduction to Geography
- Where do I live?
- Geography of Christmas
- Seven wonders and world mapping
- Weather and climate
In year 8 the curriculum includes the following topics:
- Ecosystems fieldwork project
- Glaciation and cold environments
- Natural resources and sustainable energy
- Fashion and development.
Assessment will take place each half term. This will be in the form of a formal written assessment/project work and an end of unit test. Students will be presented with GCSE style questions, modelled from the final examinations taken in year 11. This is to allow students to become familiar with the format and skills required to be successful in year 11.
Students will develop many skills through the study of Geography; critical thinking, communication and organisation in particular. Students will develop skills in order to produce extended answers in order to make comparisons between case studies. As part of the course there will be several fieldwork opportunities to enable students to look at two contrasting environments, considering the human and physical interactions between them. The main areas of study will include the following:
- Living world
- UK resources: energy
- UK Geography
- UK resources: water and food
- Coasts including fieldwork trip
- Development Gap
- Urban issues and challenges including fieldwork trip
- Natural Hazards
- Resource management: energy
- Rivers including fieldwork trip
- Changing economic world
- Pre-release preparation
GCSE Geography is a linear qualification and all assessment will take place at the end of Year 11. There is no coursework requirement and the final grade in the subject will be assessed by three externally marked examinations.
Paper 1 Living with the physical environment (1hr 30min 35% of the final mark)
Paper2 Challenges in the human environment (1hr 30min 35% of the final mark)
Paper 3 Geographical applications (1hr 15min 30% of the final mark)
GCSE Geography is highly valued by employers and universities. It demonstrates a wide variety of skills that are sought after in the work place. Future careers having taken GCSE Geography could include; environmental consultant, town planner, teacher, cartographer, planning and development surveyor, GIS officer.